Under UK legislation, employees and former employees of CDC can file a whistleblower report where they have witnessed, or are aware of, wrongdoing happening in the CDC.
We have a strong commitment to integrity and ethical behaviour, and we encourage employees who have concerns about suspected serious malpractice or misconduct or any breach or suspected breach of law or regulation that may adversely impact the company, to voice those concerns without fear of harassment or victimisation.
Whistleblower reports can be sent to our dedicated email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens when a report or complaint is filed?
CDC will acknowledge receipt of the report, and our Head of Compliance will investigate the matter as quickly as possible. As much as we are able to do so, we will keep you informed of our investigations. Once we have completed the investigation, you will be provided with a summary of the outcome, again in so far as we are permitted to by law and/or confidentiality obligations.
Will confidentiality of reports be respected?
It is CDC’s policy not to reveal the identity of an individual making a whistleblowing report without explicit permission from the relevant individual.
CDC’s Board seeks to ensure that the complaint handling scheme is subject to independent external oversight by appointing a non-executive director as the Complaints/Whistleblower Champion, in line with FCA guidance. The champion’s responsibilities are to oversee the integrity, independence and effectiveness of the firm’s policies and procedures on whistleblowing, including those policies regarding the protection of whistle-blowers.
CDC’s Head of Compliance supports the Champion in performing this role. However, the Champion is not expected to have a role in the handling of individual disclosures or reports.
You can find more information about our whistleblowing process and policy here